West Brom are ‘playing hardball’ with Sheffield Wednesday over a potential loan move for Kenneth Zohore according to a report.
Zohore has been tipped to move away from the Hawthorns before Friday’s EFL transfer deadline, but it seems the Baggies want a financial deal they are comfortable with if they are to part with their Danish forward.
Yorkshire Live report that the main problem with the negotiations is that the two clubs can’t agree on how much of Zohore’s wage the Owls should pay.
They report that West Brom are ‘demanding the Owls pay the lion-share of Zohore’s £40,000-a-week wages’.
The Daily Mail reported on Thursday that Zohore’s move was dead in the water and this report could go some way in explaining why. Albion clearly want the 26-year-old off their wage bill, but it seems Wednesday don’t want to fork out so much money for a loaned striker.
This transfer will have to be sorted by Friday’s deadline, which doesn’t give either side much time to come to a compromise over the future of Zohore.
Fellow Baggies striker Charlie Austin has also been linked with a move away from the Hawthorns this summer but it now seems that the 31-year-old will stay in the West Midlands until at least January, with the Sun linking Austin with a move to the MLS.
This follows the news that West Brom are finally set to sign Huddersfield striker Karlan Grant after a summer-long chase which has finally paid off for the Baggies, as they now look to have the striker that they so desperately need. In extra relief to Albion fans, it seems that the deal for Grant will be a permanent one, rather than the mooted loan with an obligation to buy scenario.
Grant could in fact be given his first Albion start when Burnley visit the Hawthorns on Monday night. Callum Robinson is likely to be unavailable and Hal Robson-Kanu will miss out with a broken arm, meaning Grant could be thrown into the deep end just days after signing.
In other West Brom news, a reliable journalist has shared an update on West Brom’s pursuit of Troy Deeney.